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February 3, 2013

Gene Ritchie, Minot Residents of Minot beware: Many believe the Wild West with Frontier Justice has returned....

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Feb-17-13 9:38 AM

Well Worried, I do not think there is room for all of us to move. If I remember right it was 4100 homes. I think it is pretty sanctamonious of you to say that. It was much less money, that had to come out of our savings acct with the exception of the fema payment, to fix our home. It would have been 3 times that much to buy elsewhere. Unless you want us to come live in your neighborhood in mobile homes.

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Feb-15-13 10:18 AM

Curly1 how many floods will it take before some of you people realize that living in low lying areas are a bad idea?

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Feb-09-13 11:53 PM

City of Minot definitely wants to fill those lots up fast....

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Feb-09-13 5:26 PM

WA,Lorexxx and PL I think you should read Mr. Ritchie's article.Can't speak for him but, I read it as his city assessment won't go down just the resale value. The council ignored the people to whom this affects.I think there were zoning rules against this in the past and I don't know how or when they got changed.I also think you should look up the difference between manufactured and modular You may have them confused.Also drive around and look at some of these manufactured homes. They are placed without doors or windows to the street, picture windows facing the side of the neighbors house, not on foundations,just blocks and skirted.There is no reason why these residents should not be upset.I know I wouldn't like it.As far as quality they don't even compare.

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Feb-09-13 4:53 PM

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Feb-09-13 3:58 PM

Worried, I hope you never have a disaster like a tornado or something like that at your home. Fema is there during that time too. I hope they will help you too and I will keep paying plenty of taxes then to bail you out. How petty!

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Feb-09-13 10:38 AM

lorexxx I didn't think I would ever I agree with you on anything, but this I agree with you on! Pre-manufactured homes placed on a foundation are better structurally than stick homes built on site. Knock out all this old shacks that are 60 -100 yrs old and up date the neighborhoods and the property values will go up! Quit rebuilding in the flood plain!! Move!! Don't ask us living on high ground to pay for you idiots living in a fish bowl to pay higher property taxes to bail you out every time it floods!

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Feb-09-13 2:33 AM

I thought that it was the population density that determined loss of value because of increase of crime. Just think, if the number of homes per square mile stays the same, but the moldy old stick built crap is replaced with nice new manufactured homes, and your property values decrease and along with it, your property taxes, is it such a bad thing?

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Feb-08-13 10:12 PM

It should read "what difference at this point does it make." Sorry for the typo.

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Feb-08-13 10:11 PM

Truth of the matter Worried it is not what the neighborhood was, it is what is to be that matters. Green Acres may have once been a land fill,what at this point does it matter? It matters how much more the flooded neighborhoods will be punished. It is not the fault of the flooded people who have rebuilt that mobile homes lesson the value of their homes. It is not their fault that their homes flooded and now many who had their homes paid for, or who were just getting by financially, get to pay out many thousands of dollars to repair or rebuild. The price of the flooded rebuilt home is already devalued. Who would you like to blame for that? Perhaps you could blame the realtors who sort of help set the price of homes. Maybe you could blame city hall. You seem to think flooded residents have a choice. The city council removed the choice for them since they ignored the petition. Try to worry about their plight a bit.

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Feb-08-13 6:13 PM

Green acres was built on an old land fill! They shouldn't be uppity over there! How would like to know that your house is sitting on gigantic garbage heap!

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Feb-08-13 6:11 PM

Are they objecting to pre-manufactured homes set on a foundation also?

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Feb-08-13 12:17 PM

Well said Sledhead. I do not think protecting the value of already compromised flooded property is wrong. It is the right of any property owner. Worried, I know many folks who live in trailers, it is fine. Many trailers are really nice and indeed better then the crappy homes many lived in. That is not the point. The point lies in the fact that property will go down if mobile homes are installed in the parts of town where stick homes have been restored. We have lost enough. Has nothing to do with being uppity. It has to do with the value of homes in any neighborhood. Even up in Green Acres.....

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Feb-08-13 10:15 AM

Sledhead99 I am not one of these snobs making a big stink about the manufactured homes. Some of these manufactured homes are nicer than the older dumper homes in some of these neighborhoods!

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Feb-08-13 12:27 AM

Hey, WorriedAmerican, First I would strongly suggest you take some time and learn about real-estate. There is a reason why you cant just move a mobile home into a new housing development. Stop in at just about any realtors office in town and ask them what would happen to your property value if you had a neighbor move a mobile home in next door to your stick built home. This has nothing to do with the "type of people", as you say, moving into the neighborhood. This has to do with a persons property value being adversely affected because of his neighbors building plans. That should also answer your question in regards to why someone or a neighborhood would "want those manufactured homes out" as you stated. I would also encourage you to take some of your own advise. If you are unhappy about it sell YOUR property and MOVE.

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Feb-06-13 10:56 PM

When the people affected take the time to get a petition of their wishes for the community they live in, it should be listened to. I sometimes wonder who greased who's palm. The council voted to allow mobile homes which will not retain value like a stick built home. That is why in time the home values will be decreased, not by who lives there. That is a really low comment. You do not know those people who signed that petition and it is presumptuous of you to say that. I would not like a mobile home next to my house. I just wonder if the mayor or some of the council members who live up on snob hill want a mobile home next to their more permanent structure. I just hope they will grab hold of the peoples wishes and re-evaluate what kind of storm they have asked for. Have the people who have suffered the worst of the flood not been tortured enough? Another kick in the teeth is not needed.

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Feb-06-13 10:46 AM

Wasn't it great that trailer parks were closed and then magically reappeared at a much greater price for rents?

Why rent a space when you can buy a lot and be free of trailer park rules?

Minot is now the unofficial rip-off capitol of North Dakota and the city council could care less.

People don't count, money does. People get ignored, the money doesn't. Should be obvious by now.

Rents - what? 2x? 3x?

Water bill - double

Taxes - double

Electric bill - double

Groceries - double

People - fully discounted

Money counts, you don't.

The crime rate is a symptom and an indicator of the general ills that are present.

If people are feeling like they are being ripped-off all of the time, crime will surface.

Eventually, me thinks the city council will accept cardboard boxes as dwellings. It'll be better that way, when it floods again, the cost to replace them will be much lower.

Minot is getting more than what it bargained for.

Ignore it.

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Feb-06-13 9:54 AM

Besides most of the residents that lived in the trailer courts were forced to move out of their lots and were told that they could not move back in. They are now filled with new manufactured homes and are trying to sell them and renting them for a big profit!

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Feb-06-13 9:50 AM

Do you understand any of the zoning laws in this city at all? We have commercial mixed in with residential we allowed a chemical storage facility to be built then decided to build a school close to it! So why not allow manufactured homes mixed in with other homes? There is no justification for not allowing it is there? The city zoning commission doesn't seem to have any kind of sense of a plan at all!

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Feb-06-13 7:26 AM

hey WA, don't u think it looks a little out of place when you see stick,manu,stick, manu houses on a block ? but it appears you want to make it class/race issue instead. your messiah has trained u well.

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Feb-03-13 11:00 AM

I don't know. Why else would the neighborhood want those manufactured homes out? Maybe it is something that Mr. Ritchie can answer.

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Feb-03-13 10:31 AM

What type of people would that be, WA?

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Feb-03-13 10:15 AM

Gene Ritchie believes that the "magic city" is going to devalue his property so he can pay less property taxes. What are the chances of that happening? Most of the homes in Minot have doubled in value since the flood & the oil boom. If you are unhappy about it sell you home and move. What Mr. Ritchie is really afraid of is, the type of people that might be allowed to move into his neighborhood isn't it?

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